Anthony Bourdain's Girlfriend 'Beyond Devastated' At His Death

The world has reacted in shock and sadness to the celebrity chef's death.

What you need to know
  • Bourdain's girlfriend Asia Argento says she is 'devastated' by his untimely death
  • Tributes have flown in on social media for the beloved TV personality and chef
  • Bourdain, 61, took his life in France while working on an upcoming TV series

Asia Argento, actress and partner of Anthony Bourdain, has responded to the TV personality and chef 's tragic death, paying tribute his "fearless spirit".

Bourdain, 61, who shot to internationl fame with the Travel Channel's No Reservations and The Layover series, was working in France on a new episode of CNN's Parts Unknown when he was found unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday local time.

CNN later confirmed that Bourdain, known worldwide for his no-holds-barred culinary globetrotting, had taken his own life.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement.

“His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller."

Argento, 42, who had dated Bourdain since 2016, took to Twitter in the wake of the tragedy.

“Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did,” she wrote. “His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated.”

Tributes flowed to Bourdain on social media from friends and fans he crossed paths with during his decades on the road, including a message from former US President Barack Obama.

Obama shared a meal and a beer with Bourdain in Vietnam in 2016 -- a catch-up featured in a Parts Unknown episode that year.

The New-York born chef at times struggled with celebrity and conceded there were pitfalls to the international fame his show gave dive bars and small eateries.

“If I name the place...I've changed it ... ”The next time I go back, there's tourists,“ Bourdain said in a 2017 interview on Fresh Air.

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